Polar Byzantine

Sep 16, 2016

Rich in both character and narrative, the Polar Byzantine collection by Klaus Haapaniemi & Co. presents the art of storytelling through a series of beautifully crafted scarves.

The poetic story written by award winning Finnish author, Rosa Liksom tells lyrical animal story that evokes our inner feelings and connects our subconscious to universal nature. A true arctic odyssey. 

The hand bound collectors book contains the full story of Polar Byzantine and five designs printed on 100% silk, each one representing a chapter in the book. The scarves paint a vivid window into a dreamlike polar landscapes.

Narrated and animated by Vilja Achte, music by Lauri Porra.


Polar Byzantine for Moooi Carpets launched in Salone del Mobile, Milan

Apr 22, 2016

The Polar Byzantine collection by Klaus Haapaniemi & Co. is storytelling in the form of rugs

Following on from the success of their previous partnership, Moooi have teamed with Klaus Haapaniemi for the second time with the release of a series of five rugs - adapting the designs from the recently launched 'Polar Byzantine' silk scarf collection. 

Inspired by the narrative of the original poetic story by award winning Finnish author, Rosa Liksom, each of the carpets tells the story of magical Arctic animals, fleeing the melting landscape to live in an ice palace far away. Thanks to Moooi's advanced high resolution printing methods, each carpet has achieved an almost three dimensional quality and colour vibrancy - drawing you into the mystical world of the 'Polar Byzantine'. The collection was subsequently launched in Milan as part of the Salone del Mobile.